Temporo Mandibular Dysfunction or TMD describes a collection of symptoms related to pain, discomfort and malfunction in the joint that connects your lower jaw to your skull.
Here are some symptoms that might call for TMD treatment in Manhattan:
· Clicking or popping noise when opening the mouth
· Discomfort or difficulty opening or moving the mouth
· Pain in or around the ear
· Tender jaw muscles
· Limited movement of the jaw described as locked or stuck jaw
· Inner ear ringing
· Dizziness or vertigo
· Difficulty sleeping and then fatigue related problems
Dental Wellness Airway begins by examining your dysfunction by evaluating your joints, muscles, nerves, ligaments, tendons, teeth, habits and function(s) first. We also look out for certain common causes such as:
• Motor vehicle or other accidents
• Facial trauma
• Bruxing (clenching or grinding teeth, especially during sleep)
• Chewing gum
• Pipe smoking
• Obstructive sleep apnea
• Side-effects from medication
• Medical disorders
• Neural (nerve) disorder
At Dental Wellness Airway, our team considers behavioral, psychological or non-invasive physical solutions as well as solutions with specific medications or dental appliances.
Soft-food diets, massage, moist heat applications, bite adjustment, bite plates, or occlusal splints referred to as MORA (mandibular orthopedic repositioning appliance) reduce the strain on the muscle and joints of the jaw or protect the teeth. At Dental Wellness Airway, our Manhattan TMD treatment experts determine if you are an appropriate candidate for a mouth guard or snore guard to resolve your health issue and fit you with the proper appliance. Likewise, we can provide you or your children with “power splint” mouth guards that can serve to protect the teeth from a sports-related injury.
Physical therapy, relaxation techniques, biofeedback exercises, nutritional supplements, life-style guidance or coping skills are complementary protocols deployed as well.
Since chewing and other jaw movements are repeated and unavoidable activities, improvement in habits such as exercise, sleep, posture, or breathing are integral parts of long term TMD treatment. If your TMD stems from trauma, then restorative physical therapy or supportive instruments can get you aligned again. If the way your teeth fit together does not properly support the joints and muscles of your face, then orthodontic appliance or other dental procedures may be required.
Click here to learn more about TMD, chronic pain, and the TMJ ScaleTM.